Students at Morrisburg Public School had a crazy hair day last Wednesday and, yes, indeed there were some very funky and some very out of the ordinary coiffures. Pictured above are the various grade representatives selected for the photo based on their outrageous dos. Front, l-r, are Michelle Chater, Kyra Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Celina McMillan, Zoe McMillan and Chloe Adams. Back, l-r, are Brandon Lovely, Bethany Baker, Harneet Cheema, Gabriel Baker and Shyla Crowder. In the closeup insets, l-r, Chloe Adams shows off her birds nest, Shylar Crowder her hair braided eyewear, and Michelle Chater her spring variety pack.
Sunday’s Terry Fox Run in Morrisburg was an incredible success, bringing in a total of $9,801 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
“We had 81 participants, which is better than usual,” said organizer Scott Robinson. “And, we raised a grand total of $9,801. That is our largest amount to date.”
At 8 a.m. Sunday, Robinson spoke to the 40 participants on hand, thanking them for showing up on a chilly Sunday morning to support such a great cause.
“I see some familiar faces that I see here every year, and that’s good. But, I also see some new faces, and that’s good too,” said Robinson who has been involved with the even for the last 12 years.
Not sure why this year’s fund raising effort was so successful, Robinson simply said that they did get more runners out and that larger donations came in.
“I really appreciate all the support of the participants and the donations made,” he added. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my volunteers, the support of the Legion who donates the space to us and to South Williamsburg Riverside Recreation who donated the snacks and the water for along the route.
These days the work of volunteers is what keeps many organizations and agencies going and events happening.
Last Tuesday, May 1, the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg took the time to say thank you and honour the many volunteers who play a huge role is what the centre is able to offer.
Janet Levere, Executive Director of the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation, kicked off the celebration with a warm welcome and thank you, “for the many hours of hard work and commitment you have given to our community seniors, frail elderly and adults with disabilities so they can continue to live at home.”
Levere also thanked the volunteer members of the board of directors of the Corporation which leads the organization.
She pointed out, “it is not only us who recognize your value. The Ministry of Health and the Champlain LH1N are recognizing the importance of the work that community support services provide. They are directing more funding towards non-urgent transportation so seniors and others can get to their dialysis, to medical appointments and to adult day programs. This is one way to prevent health crisis.”
She also said that more wheelchair-accessible vehicles will be available in the five counties.
Levere congratulated the volunteers, who, for the second year, recorded over 7,000 hours of volunteer service.
“In fact our statistics tell us it was 7,661 hours. Your support is never ending, and new volunteers are always being recruited and trained so we don’t overload you.”
The volunteer hour breakdown shows that 73 persons received 2,607 meals during the year, and 337 seniors enjoyed 4,284 dinners.
A total of 120 clients were supported with 3,146 one-way trips and 93 people benefited from 457 foot care appointments. Another 17, enjoyed 505 units of the adult day programs.
Some 2,728 hours of volunteer work were provided for fund raising, to the craft group, social recreation, and exercise programs.
“In total 517 people were served during the past year by our volunteer support services and our paid employee services,” said Levere.
As for the paid employee services, Levere released figures that showed after discharge from Winchester District Memorial Hospital, 54 persons were supported by the Going Home program, while 93 more Going Home referrals were directed to other community support area service agencies located Metcalfe, Ingleside, Finch and Russell etc.
Nineteen clients were supported under the Assisted Living Service, just one short of the funded 20 spots, and 29 clients were served under Supportive Housing Services.
Fifteen seniors benefited from the Respite Apartment located at the Williamsburg centre, and 44 clients used the Respite Service program in their own homes.
Ten teams took part in the annual Curling 4 Heart&Stroke Bonspiel held at the Morrisburg Curling Rink on Saturday, February 18. “The participants all seemed to be really enjoying themselves,” said Greta McGann, organizer, for the third year, of the event. “We were able to raise $1,014 for Heart&Stroke. We had great support from our community and from businesses in Morrisburg and Williamsburg, who donated team prizes.” “All the funds raised go to research and to seeing that defibrillators are available in public buildings,” said Lise Kosloski, volunteer for the Heart&Stroke Foundation. New to this year’s event was a just-for-fun skills competition set up by Jack Barkley and won by Kathy Norg and Wendy Casselman. Pictured above, with Foundation representatives, are the members of the ‘Pas and Daughters’ team (l-r) Dave King, Becky King, Kosloski, McGann, Laura Barkley and Jack Barkley.